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States are rejecting the controversial painkiller Zohydro


by Joseph Earnest  April 4, 2014


Newscast Media BOSTONHealth regulators in Massachusetts have sent a letter to doctors outlining their reason for banning the dispensing and prescription of the controversial painkiller Zohydro.


The Food and Drug Administration approved the drugs, but concerns have been raised about patients overdosing on the drug due to the narcotic it contains.

"Zohydro is a dangerously addictive pharmaceutical painkiller, approved by the FDA recently over the objection of their scientific advisory council and is not available in an abuse-deterrent form," Gov. Patrick said. "Unless it is available in an abuse-deterrent form, or better, until the secretary of [Health and Human Services], or the Congress has acted on the requests to overturn the FDA, Zohydro will not be available in Massachusetts," Gov. Deval Patrick wrote as he issued the ban.

The Associated Press also reported that Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin announced an emergency order that would make it harder for doctors to prescribe Zohydro.

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